Subscribe

Sign up for free

  • Get quick access to your favorite articles

  • Manage alerts on breaking news and favorite drivers

  • Make your voice heard with article commenting.

Autosport Plus

Discover premium content
Subscribe
#6 Porsche Penske Motorsport Porsche 963: Kevin Estre, Andre Lotterer, Laurens Vanthoor
Autosport Plus
Special feature

How Porsche made the perfect start in WEC despite late drama in Qatar

Porsche’s 963 was the machine to have as it locked out the podium in the 2024 World Endurance Championship opener in Qatar, but only after heartbreak hit others and the winning #6 car survived its own late scare

Porsche dominated the Qatar 1812Km last Saturday on the way to a maiden win in the World Endurance Championship for the 963 and a first series victory for an LMDh prototype. Laurens Vanthoor, Kevin Estre and Andre Lotterer were never headed from late in the second hour of a race that hit its full distance four minutes short of the 10-hour cut-off. But it wasn’t all plain sailing for the drivers of the #6 car. A late unscheduled pitstop after the car sustained body damage set doubts racing in Estre’s mind.

When the Frenchman was instructed to pit with seven laps of the 335 to go, his reaction was “ahh, come on”. A series of clashes with LMGT3 machinery over the final quarter of the race had damaged both the left sidepod and the floor, and he knew that anything but the briefest of repairs was going to rip victory from his and his team-mates’ grasp. But Estre was told not to worry. All the Penske Porsche Motorsport crew had to do was affix a new adhesive race number to replace the one that had gone west with a chunk of the bodywork behind the wheel. The rules state that race numbers “must remain visible in all circumstances”.

Previous article Toyota expects another "difficult" WEC race in Imola if car weight remains same
Next article Ferrari: No strategy would have closed gap to LMDh cars in WEC Qatar

Sign up for free

  • Get quick access to your favorite articles

  • Manage alerts on breaking news and favorite drivers

  • Make your voice heard with article commenting.

Autosport Plus

Discover premium content
Subscribe